ANNOUNCEMENT: Rider Park is OPEN. The Park has snow and is ready for cross country skiing. The Cheryl’s Trail remains CLOSED for repairs.
Rider Park is one of Pennsylvania’s great scenic and recreational treasures - 867 acres of private land available to the public 365 days a year for hiking, trail running, mountain bike riding, cross country skiing and other low impact recreational activities. The park offers 15 miles of major and secondary trails leading to three breathtaking vistas. Choose from four major trails appropriate for various fitness levels—from the 0.5 mile Francis X. Kennedy Trail with its 252 foot vertical rise to the 3.6 mile Cheryl Trail with a 560 vertical rise. Visitors can combine the trails for longer hikes or continue on to trails in the adjacent Loyalsock State Forest. Rider Park is the legacy of local businessman and civic leader, Thomas J. Rider, who wanted to share his love of recreation and the outdoors with the people of Lycoming County.
View the Park Map and Brochure.
Loyalsock State Forest Fall Hike
The Loyalsock State Forest will be hosting its Fall Hike at the Matt Mertes and Weitzel Hollow Trails on October 23rd at 11:00 am. While this hike is only 3 miles there are steep and rocky sections. Highlights will include a recently improved vista, rock slopes, large conifers, and scenic Weitzel Hollow. Meet at the Weitzel Hollow Trailhead on Wallis Run Road. For more information contact the district office at 570-946-4049 or FD20@pa.gov.
About the Park
Rider Park is a gift of the late Thomas J. Rider to the residents of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Rider included a special request that the Sisters of Christian Charity and Divine Providence Hospital, now part of Susquehanna Health System, use the area for employee recreation and patient rehabilitation. He also provided funds for the maintenance of the park.
A noted businessman and civic leader, Mr. Rider strongly believed in the benefits of a life of community service. Rider Park is a fitting legacy. Located in Lycoming County, north of Warrensville, Pennsylvania, the park has over 867 acres of woodlands and meadows and is a tribute to a man whose life embodied a healthy balance of work, volunteerism and the enjoyment of recreation.
Rider Park is owned and operated by FCFPA Properties, Inc., a subsidiary of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
From Williamsport - Take I-180 East to exit 23B, Warrensville Road. Merge onto East Third Street. Turn left onto Warrensville Road just before the bridge to Montoursville. Travel North on Warrensville Road for 5.9 miles. Just past the junction of Route 973, Warrensville Road becomes Pleasant Valley Road. Continue on Pleasant Valley Road approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Caleb Creek Road for about 1.7 miles. Continue to the top of the mountain.
From Muncy - Take I-180 West to exit 21, PA-87 North/Loyalsock Avenue. Turn left onto PA-87 North for 4.3 miles. Turn left onto PA-973 West for 1.9 miles. Turn right on Warrensville Road/Pleasant Valley Road for approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Caleb Creek Road for about 1.7 miles. Continue to the top of the mountain.
There is a parking lot at the end of the entrance road for your use. This is the Park’s designated parking area. Please do not block gates.
Rider Park is free and open daily to the public from dawn to dusk.
One handicapped accessible portable restroom facility is available. A covered pavilion with picnic tables and seating for 40 is available for use. Please call 570-321-1500 for reservation information.
Use of the Park
Trails and Trail Conditions
All trails are open daily from dawn until dusk. Rider Park has fifteen miles of major and secondary trails for your enjoyment. The trails on Rider Park also access additional trails on the Loyalsock State Forest located north of the Park.
The major trails at Rider Park are:
Cheryl’s Trail (Blue) - 3.6 miles - vertical rise 560 feet
Katy Jane Trail (Yellow) - 2.6 miles - vertical rise 460 feet
Saddle Trail (Red) - 0.4 mile - vertical rise 193 feet
Francis X. Kennedy Trail (Green) - 0.5 mile - vertical rise 252 feet
Allegheny Ridge Trail (Brown) - 0.6 mile
A more detailed description of current trail conditions is available by calling the Rider Park information line 570-601-3377 or toll free, 1-877-480-3377.
Rider Park is an 867 acre low impact park offering a variety of outdoor activities. There is always something exciting to see and do at Rider Park. The activities permitted in the park are: hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, mountain biking, trail running, bird watching and wildlife viewing. There are three scenic vistas along park trails: Doe Pen, Katy Jane East, and Katy Jane South.
User Guidelines – Rules – Prohibitions
Recreational use of the Park is limited to activities that blend in with its natural beauty and serenity. Visitors are expected to honor the rules for recreational use designed to protect the Park, ensure user safety and promote an enjoyable experience.
View a list of the User Guidelines and Rules.
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania reserves the right to relocate or limit recreational use in order to accomplish the management goals of the park.
Trails and Conditions
Toll Free: 1-877-480-3377
Rider Park Manager